Ongelukkige bemoeienis van een Nederlandse ambtenaar in de Braziliaanse politiek.


(English version below)

De politieke instabiliteit in Brazilië heeft een climax bereikt. Afgelopen zondag heeft een ruime meerderheid van de Braziliaanse Tweede kamer gestemd voor de voortzetting van het impeachtment proces tegen President Dilma Rousseff. Dit terwijl een president slechts mag worden afgezet wanneer er bewijs is van criminele activiteiten en dit bij Rousseff niet het geval is. Het proces moet nog door de Senaat worden goedgekeurd , maar het is zeer goed mogelijk dat de President wordt afgezet. Meerdere buitenlandse media hebben bericht gedaan over deze antidemocratische machtsgreep. Toch is de impeachment van Roussef nog geen feit.

Desondanks, heeft de economische attaché van het Nederlandse consulaat in São Paulo, Odecio Roland, gisteren op zijn LinkedIn profiel een post geplaatst waarin hij Michel Temer, de van corruptie verdachte vice-President, “de aanstaande” President heeft genoemd , zijn commentaar “ Beleggers en ondernemers zien licht aan het einde van de tunnel”.

Braziel vindt dit een zeer ongepast commentaar, aangezien het impeachment proces nog gaande is. Wij begrijpen heel goed dat het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven hoge verwachtingen heeft van een e.v. neoliberale regering in Brazilië die o.a. het staatsoliebedrijf Petrobras wil privatiseren, en dat dit een gouden kans zou zijn voor Nederlandse investeerders, waaronder Shell. Toch is zo een opportunistische uitspraak van een Nederlandse ambtenaar totaal onacceptabel en een ongepaste inmenging in de soevereiniteit van een (nog) democratisch land.

English version:

A clumsy interference of a Dutch civil servant in Brazilian politics

The political instability in Brazil has reached a climax. Last Sunday, a vast majority of the Brazilian Congress voted in favor of the continuation of the process of impeachment against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, although there is no proof of her involvement in any criminal activity. The process must still pass through the Senate, but it is very probable that the President will be ousted. Various international media outlets have reported on this anti-democratic power shift. Still, the impeachment is not yet a fact.

Notwithstanding, the economic attaché of the Dutch Consulate in São Paulo, published a post on his LinkedIn profile yesterday in which he calls the vice-President Michel Temer, himself accused of corruption, ” the future President” and added the comment: ” Investors and businessmen see the light at the end of the tunnel”.

Braziel finds it a troubling comment, once the impeachment process is still ongoing. We understand very well that the Dutch businesses have high expectations for an eventual neo-liberal government in Brazil which aims to privatize Petrobras, the Brazilian oil giant, en that that will be a huge opportunity for Dutch companies, including Shell. Still, such an opportunistic comment coming from a Dutch official is totally unacceptable as it is an unwanted interference in the politics of another (still) democratic country.


  1. Albert Carl Borsje
    May 26, 2016

    Opvallend is dat na de eerste stemronde van het comité de Dollar en de Euro daalde of beter gezegd de Real steeg. Ook de Bovenspa de Braziliaanse beurs deed het een stuk beter.
    Ik werk voor een bedrijf met veel internationale klanten die graag willen investeren in Brazilië het interessen was behoorlijk gedaald na bekendmakingen van de corruptie schandalen. Inmiddels hebben meerdere bedrijven al weer contact met ons opgenomen en heeft men vertrouwen in een nieuwe volks vertegenwoordiging en de strijd tegen corruptie

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